Making a New Year's resolution to lose weight in 2008? Looking for a new diet that will make it easy to shed the pounds? Considering finding one on the internet?
The Diet Detective has a good article what to look for and what to avoid. It is interesting to see how the fad diet of 2007, Kimkins, failed on practically all the critical points in the article:
What are the right questions to ask about any online weight-loss program?
- Are there message boards? Are they monitored by a professional, a member of the group, or are they completely unmonitored?
The Kimkins message board is monitored by the "diet guru" Kimmer, who did not lose the 198 pounds she claimed and did not keep them off.
Kimmer rules the board with a firm hand, and any question that could be seen as critical results in immediate banning without a refund.
- Do you sell supplements?
- Is the pricing policy clearly stated on the Web site?
- Are there any additional charges aside from the base fee?
- Who developed the program? Was it designed by qualified health professionals who have previous experience in weight-loss counseling? Did at least one registered dietitian (R.D.) assist with the development?
- Is your site medically supervised? Psychologically supervised? Registered dietitian supervised?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- What kinds of physical activity or exercise programs do you offer? Who developed them? Were the programs developed by certified exercise professionals? (American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association)
- Are there articles on the site? Who wrote them? Are they experts?
- Is the diet very restrictive? Will it work for you? Is it healthy?
Blatner also warns against “scam” sites. They usually:
- Promise a quick fix
- Make claims that sound too good to be true
- Give recommendations based on a single research study (or none at all)
- List good and bad foods
- Make dramatic statements that are refuted by reputable scientific organizations